8 Facts About The Newfoundland

8 Facts About The Newfoundland

  • Newfoundlands are popularly referred to as “Newfs” or “Newfies”.
  • The Newfoundland breed originated in Newfoundland from an indigenous island breed that later became known as the St. John’s Dog.
  • Newfoundlands are historically linked to many rescues of shipwrecked sailors.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte was reportedly saved by a Newfoundland after he went overboard while escaping from exile on the island of Elba.
  • Lord Byron wrote the famous poem ‘Epitaph To A Dog’ about his own dog, a Newfoundland name Boatswain.
  • Famous owners of Newfoundlands: President Ulysses S. Grant, Robert F. Kennedy, Emily Dickinson, President Rutherford B. Hayes, President James Buchanan, and Meriwether Lewis.
  • Newfoundlands were bred with the Retriever to create the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
  • In Jane Eyre, Edward Fairfax Rochester’s dog Pilot was a Newfoundland.